Communication Studies

Journo Intro Week

Journalism Intro Week inspiring start for students

Students from both the Bachelor of Communications Studies Journalism major and Postgraduate journalism had a busy first week of semester with the annual Journalism Intro Week. The theme of this year’s week-long experience was public interest journalism – or Journalism with a big ‘J’ - and students were inspired by several high profile guest speakers, including Al Jazeera journalist Briony Sowden, Weekend Herald's editor Miriyana Alexander, and TVNZ reporter Chris Chang.

Students also took part in a mock press conference with representatives of the NZ Police, along with attending practical workshops covering multimedia and mobile journalism tools, verification techniques, and newsgathering practice.

Head of department Helen Sissons says Intro Week 2016 was a great success. “It has inspired students for the year ahead, and given them a taste of just how rewarding a career in journalism can be.”

Study communications at AUT and engage with the world of contemporary communications and media. Print, broadcast and new media shape our perceptions and reactions to the world. We make choices on everything from policy decisions to consumer purchases based on the messages we receive. AUT communications graduates help create those messages, whether they’re journalists, communication managers, advertising professionals or TV producers.

The industry demand for our graduates is high because the standard is high. AUT communications graduates pick up top jobs in the best companies and news media outlets around the world. Whatever area you specialise in, AUT will provide you with the best foundation to launch your communications or media career.

AUT’s purpose-built media facilities give you hands-on experience with industry standard facilities – including state-of-the-art screen and television studios, newsrooms, sound and editing suites, digital media labs, a media centre, performance studio and a radio station.

Pre-degree Programme
Certificate in Communication Studies

Undergraduate Programmes

Bachelor of Communication Studies

Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Communication Studies Conjoint Degree

Graduate Diplomas
Graduate Diploma in Advertising Creativity
Graduate Diploma in Pacific Journalism

Postgraduate Programmes
Bachelor of Communication Studies (Honours)
Postgraduate Certificate in Communication Studies
Postgraduate Diploma in Brand Communication
Postgraduate Diploma in Communication Studies
Master of Communication Studies
Master of Philosophy
Doctor of Philosophy

Academic Staff


Details about our research areas and interests

Asia Pacific Report
Centre for Performance Research
Journalism, Media and Democracy Research Centre
Multimodal Research Centre
Outside the Square
Pacific Journalism Review
Pacific Media Centre
Pacific Media Watch
Popular Culture Research Centre
Static FM
Te Waha Nui

Last updated: 08-Apr-2016 4.16pm

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